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Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Minnesota Wild team was founded in 2000, becoming the first NHL franchise in Minnesota since the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas. They lost their first ever game 3–1 against the Anaheim Ducks and recorded their first win against the Tampa Bay Lightning five games later. The Wild have played at the Xcel Energy Center since being founded. In the 2002–03 NHL season, the team made its first playoff appearance, and made a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals where they were swept by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Minnesota has two minor league affiliates, the Houston Aeros and Johnstown Chiefs.

About Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild ticketsThe Minnesota Wild is owned by Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, which is a limited partnership formed by former majority owner Bob Naegele Jr. of Naegele Sports, LLC in 1997. On January 10, 2008, it was announced that the franchise was being sold to former Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold. The NHL’s Board of Governors officially approved Leipold’s purchase of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE) on April 10, 2008. Leipold, a resident of Racine, Wisconsin, completed the sale of the Nashville Predators to a local ownership group on December 7, 2007, a team he owned since the expansion franchise was awarded to Nashville in 1997. Under Leipold’s ownership, the Predators were dedicated to building a long-term winning franchise, playing an important role in the community through service initiatives, providing a fun and entertaining game-night experience and building strong relationships with their fans and corporate partners.

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During the offseason of 2008, the Wild re-acquired Andrew Brunette from the Avalanche, as well as trading for defenseman Marek Zidlicky. The Wild also signed free agents Antti Miettinen and Owen Nolan to multi-year deals. There seemed to be a stigma about Jacques Lemaire's defensive system that caused a number of top free agents to avoid the Wild.

Despite winning the Northwest Division the previous season, the Wild fell to 9th place in the Western Conference in 2008-2009, missing the playoffs entirely. Much of this was in part due to a lack of scoring and overall team offense, and the injuries to star forward Marian Gaborik, who played only 17 games. Jacques Lemaire, coach of the Wild since the team's inception in the 2000-2001 season, resigned as coach at seasons end. General Manager Doug Risebrough was later fired, leading to a nearly complete turnover in the Wild's coaching and management staff.

In the summer of 2009, owner Craig Leipold hired former Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher to act as standing GM. Later that summer Fletcher selected Todd Richards as head coach. Once the free agency period opened that summer Martin Havlat was brought over from the Chicago Blackhawks in order to lessen the blow of Marian Gaborik's departure. During the first month of the 2009-10 season, the team announced their first ever full-time captain, Mikko Koivu.